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Project by Armand posted 08-21-2011 12:29 PM 2080 views 6 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Narra or Philippine mahogany is one of the most popular wood specie mosty used for furnitures here in our country, mainly due to its durability and nice wood grain pattern. Here i’m trying this wood on the main body of my 3rd box in LJ. The top is joint left-over woods stained with dark walnut. Finished with several coats of sanding sealer and top coated with mixture of 3 parts clear gloss lacquer and 1 part dead flat lacquer to achieve satin finish. I temporarily lined it with felt paper since i can not find the suede cloth in the nearby fabric stores.

The box design is very familiar here in LJ.

Thanks for viewing.

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.





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489tad

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#1 posted 08-21-2011 01:25 PM

very nice box. I like the wood choice.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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EMVarona

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#2 posted 08-21-2011 01:43 PM

Armand, Congratulations, that’s the work of a real pro, the photography even. Wish I had the level of your skill.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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patron

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#3 posted 08-21-2011 02:23 PM

armand

excellent work as always

for years philippine mahogany
was my wood of choice for tables and furniture

i always waited for the rest to go thru the wood
and get the ‘matching’ pieces

then i could get the ones
that were as diverse as possible in grain and tone

it is such a lively wood
under a good finish
as you walk around it
the grain and light
gives it so much depth
and interest
the more expensive
honduras mahogany
is dull in comparison
(my opinion)

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Eagle1

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#4 posted 08-21-2011 02:24 PM

Beautiful Box there!!!

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#5 posted 08-21-2011 02:38 PM

Looks good! I really like the color combination….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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Tootles

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#6 posted 08-21-2011 03:03 PM

A lovely box, with a very effective use of the stain. I need to remember that …

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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CharlieM1958

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#7 posted 08-21-2011 03:17 PM

Beautiful box, Armand. I like the contrast of the dark top.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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blackcherry

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#8 posted 08-21-2011 03:27 PM

Clean line and nice wood combo the lid makes it for me…thanks for posting BC

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RogerBean

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#9 posted 08-21-2011 03:44 PM

Attractive. Nicely done.
Roger

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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Armand

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#10 posted 08-21-2011 04:08 PM

Thanks to you all LJ buddies, this community is really a source of inspiration to build more projects.

@Ed:
You built excellent boxes too, I just tried a different variation which you can also easily do.

@David:
Thanks to the comment and to your kind words on philippine mahogany.

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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BertFlores58

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#11 posted 08-21-2011 04:09 PM

Armand,
You always have surprises in everybox you made. The green felt gives the emphasis and contrast to the trays. The raised lid with contrast color makes it so attractive. I like the half gloss satin finish too. Thanks for posting.

-- Bert

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Ian Hawthorne

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#12 posted 08-21-2011 04:19 PM

Very nice Armand – well done!

Ian

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BarbS

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#13 posted 08-21-2011 04:30 PM

Armand, that is a beautiful box, with clean, simple lines. Very elegant. Well done!

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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#14 posted 08-21-2011 05:14 PM

You did a very excellent job creating your box. I look forward to seeing many more.

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpieceā€¦ because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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Woodenwizard

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#15 posted 08-21-2011 08:55 PM

Nicely done.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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